Monday, February 5, 2018

My Day - Put A Little Love in Your Quilt Blog Hop

Welcome to my little "personal" blog, which I recently launched, to share insights about what I'm working on, as well as more personal insights than I would typically share as a blogger. To clarify and for those visiting for the first time, possibly you know me as QuiltShopGal, where I research and share insights about new products, designers, teachers, events - anything related to "in the business" for quilting, sewing & embroidery enthusiasts.  Each blog has a different voice, but I hope you'll check them both out and consider following both.

Needless to say, I'm honored and thrilled to be part of the "Put A Little Love In Your Quilt Blog Hop" this week.  Carol of Just Let Me Quilt is the host of this event and she has done a great job coordinating an amazing group of quilting bloggers who are sharing their love of quilting, with plenty of inspiration, as well as some giveaways throughout the hop.  I'll share more about this hop, later in this post.


I'm also honored to have Aurifil as a sponsor today and they have generously donated an amazing prize for this giveaway.  I'll share more about this in a bit.


While I'm not an expert and anything, I'll confess I do love freemotion quilting (and Aurifil thread).  But this past year has been so hectic for me, that I've had minimal time to quilt, even less time for freemotion quilting.  So, my goal for a creating a love theme project for this hop was to incorporate Ruler Work with free-motion quilting, while working on a "practice project".  To clarify, what I'm sharing today is a UFO top that is actually my 2nd ruler work project.  It is far from perfect, but a great opportunity for me to practice using ruler work combined with freemotion quilting.


This table runner was appliqued using hearts cut with an AccuQuilt GO! Heart die, which I stitched an iron an stabilizer and hand stitched the applique' hears vs machine stitched.  The applique', piecing, binding and quilting was all stitched with Aurifil 50 wt thread.


I used the Pro Diamond ruler by Lisa Calle and definitely want to use this ruler again and again.  But I did learn the benefits of marking your quilt before you begin, to help keep the diamonds of a consistent alignment.  As a result, my pebbles are of a variety of sizes.  Still, I find interest and love in this table runner.  It really is more interest in person vs a photo.  Still, I hope to encourage you to try freemotion quilting, as well as ruler work.

A few years back, as QuiltShopGal, I researched to see how much I could learn in a year. Previously, I was a happy handquilter who would periodically send out quilts to longarmers.  But in my year of research on freemotion quilting, I became impressed with what I learned in a year and absolutely fell in love with it.  I thoroughly enjoy FMQ and still try to encourage others to "play" for 15 minutes a day with FMQ.  You'll be surpised, in no time at all, how much you will learn and how much fun you will have.  Just takes a bit of practice and even the masters practice, typically daily!!!

On a somewhat related note, I attended a Threadplay class this past weekend. The teacher provided all the threads (not Aurifil).  While I enjoyed the class,  I was a bit disqusted to have so much lint build up in my machine, for a single class, as well as how many threadbreaks I experienced during the class.  It was a good reminder how much better quality Aurifil threads are. And, in all honesty, the quality and extensive color selection, as well as variety of weights, just makes it sew much more fun to create using Aurifil threads, that I rarely use another brand anymore.  For me, Aurifil is my go to thread for piecing, quilting, hand sewing and machine embroidery.   And, with Aurifil's help, I hope to inspire others to try Aurifl too!  I just want to warn you, it is easy to fall in Love with Aurifil and it can easily become your "go to" thread.

Even though I sew on a domestic machine, I've begun to purchase the super large spools of thread, for my more commonly used colors vs the large spools.  

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?


Aurifil has generously donated an amazing new collection of 50 wt threads called "Woof Woof Meow", by Stacy lest Hsu
To enter to win this yummy thread collection, simply leave a comment on this post.  This giveaway is open to followers, as well as non-followers who are participating in the "Put A Little Love In Your Quilt Blog Hop".  Simply leave a comment, on anything you think is appropriate for the theme of this blog hop.  I will randomly select a winner on February 14th and update this post to announce the lucky winner, as well as send them an email.

UPDATE:
I used the Random Number generator to select the lucky winner -
Congratulations to Martina, whom an email has been sent to notify her.


You may also want to visit QuiltShopGal to enter a special love theme giveaway sponsored by Nicola Elliott of PictureStitch.  But don't forget to check out all the blogs participating in the "Put A Little Love In Your Quilt Blog Hop", as many are also hosting amazing giveaways.
Here is the line up for the "Put A Little Love in Your Quilt Blog Hop" which started yesterday:
February 5
February 6
February 7
February 8






87 comments:

Karen said...

Your free motion work is FABULOUS! Your quilt looks full of love!

Barb said...

What an adorable runner and I love your FMQ, truly love it. Thanks for the link to the ruler you used.

Bonnie58 said...

Gorgeous, as usual. Thanks for sharing

Dorian said...

That is a sweet little table runner. Lots of room to practice on.

Mary said...

Lots of Love in that Runner! I remember when you did the FMQ Challenge. My favorite thread is Aurifil!! Thanks for the Giveaway.

Stitchin At Home said...

A cute runner and your ruler work looks great! I have tried to use another brand of thread with a breakage problems, Aurifil just works a whole lot better.

Martina said...

That is a great sweet runner and just so gorgeous with the quilting! I often use G├╝termann threads but would love to try Aurifil too!

Beth@IHaveANotion.com said...

Thread.... I love it all... linty or not. Would be very curious to know the Threadplay class you took? FMQ takes lots of practice and a plan amd is loads of fun!!!

Vicki in MN said...

Congrats on finishing a UFO, and be practicing and learning all in one!! Very pretty.

KaHolly said...

Wow! Your FMQ is amazing! A great project for the hop!

Carla said...

Beautiful runner and that quilting is amazing. Thanks for all the super information!

Vickie said...

Awesome free-motion !

Liz F said...

I've just started taking time to practice some ruler work and FMQ and I'm loving your advice to take just a few minutes everyday to improve. Love your idea of combining an Accuquilt cut out with FMQ to make a beautiful table runner.

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

WOW Factor, the FMQ is intricately awesome. Love the heart themed projects on all the blogs. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

Carol said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I've done a little ruler work but have not seen or used the diamond--very attractive! I think you did a great job with FMQ. Thanks for sharing! (PS, I also love Aurifil thread.)

Joyce Carter said...

Love it! Great job on the quilting Darlene! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

Kwilty Pleasures said...

Heart-fully done. Thanks for the chance to win.

Annette said...

Awesome table runner.

Carol S. said...

So much sweetness in your heart project...I'm in love! Little floating hearts with your ruler quilting looks amazing. I haven't mastered FMQ or rulers, but someday I will. Aurifil is my very, very favorite thread! Thanks so much for playing along in this blog hop and sharing your hearts!

Terry said...

Well done on your table runner! It is beautiful! I participated in your initial 12 month FM challenge. Since then, I've continued to expand my FM quilting skills. I too have started using rulers. Although I would LOVE a longarm, I do all my quilting on a domestic machine. I too love Aurafil thread. I will confess that my love affair with thread began with Superior so I have a lot of the original Masterpiece. Along the way, I happened upon some Valdini variegated thread, some wonderfill 100 wt polyester and some 40 wt polyester variated. I've had success with cotton, polyester and metallic threads from Fit-tec. Then I purchased a Bernina with an embroidery unit and have been buying Floriani polyester thread. I thought perhaps I was becoming a thread snob; but decided I am a thread connoisseur!

Patty said...

Your work is just beautiful. Love the hearts. Thanks for a chance to win some yummy thread.

Charlene S said...

Beautiful work! We are hardest on ourselves. I love Aurifil thread.

Anita said...

I love your runner with the exquisite quilting!

Kathy L said...

Your runner is excellent. Know I should practise my free motion quilting more.

Vicki said...

Love your table runner!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Oh, your ruler work is beautiful! Good work - I like Lisa Calle's rulers for work on the longarm too.

kay said...

Love, love, love Aurifil thread! My machine clearly loves it too - fewer problems, better stitches.

Vicki H said...

The quilting on your runner us absolutely wonderful.

Charlotte M. said...

A fun blog hop for sure. I do love hearts. I too have started buying large cones of Aurifil in off white since I use that one so much.

Needled Mom said...

It is so nice to see that you have this blog, Darlene. I hope that I can finally leave you comments!!! I love your piece. The little hearts leave perfect space for the detailed quilting. I love all of the texture you have created. I need to try some ruler work. Your FMQ series was so much fun and provided so many great ideas. We need a refresher course!

works4me said...

Congratulations on your blog. I really like your meandering hearts. And the FMQ design is great. I also appreciate that you show, and admit to, being a human with less than perfect results, not that I am seeing anything less than wonderful.

I use Aurifil thread all the time. Thanks for the chance to win.

krislovesfabric said...

Congrats on your new blog :) Your finish is wonderful, love the quilting details and the texture you have achieved with it!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Good Morning Darlene,
Oh, I am a big lover of Aurifil thread! I just recently started buying the cones for the basics like black and a very light yellow I use instead of white. I also just gave ruler work a try on a table runner. I have to say I enjoyed it but would not say I'm comfortable with it - more practice needed. You hearts are so wonderful and I love the FMQ you did. No one else is as critical as you are! Your eyes find all the mistakes, while everyone else enjoys the piece overall. Really nice job! ~smile~ Roseanne

tink's mom said...

Love your table runner and the slight shove to get practicing with my FMQ. I'm now a follower of this blog. Love this hop and hops in general. Quilters are just so generous with their knowledge.

Laura said...

I look forward to following your adventures. All of these heart projects are bringing a smile to my face.

Angie&Gary Short said...

Awesome table runner. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

Carol W said...

Great arrangement of hearts on your runner!

Linda said...

LOVE your work>runner is so neat! Thanks so much for your inspiration+the giveaways too!!! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Vicki said...

I'm so glad to have found you again. I've missed your Quilty Goodness. I gained so much from the previous free-motion tutorials you hosted. Thank you for all the research you do. Your quilting is fabulous. Love the pebbles and ruler work. Thanks for the chance to win Aurifil thread. Now I'm off to do some blog hopping.

Melody Lutz said...

Happy dancing hearts!!!

LJ said...

Wow; that's only your second project with rulers! Pretty ambitious, I'd say. The diamonds and pebbles look wonderful to me. I love the appliqued hearts as they twirl around. Thanks for sharing. Happy Heart Day.

Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying the blog hop. I love Valentine's Day! Thanks!

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June D said...

it's really fun to get to see your work now on this blog. I participated in your year of free motion quilting where you had an expert share a lesson each month. It was so challenging, but such a good way to not only learn free motion quilting, but to sample the different instructors too. it was a lot of fun to meet you and the others at the Christmas party in San Diego too. Really appreciate all your projects and cheer leading! And I certainly agree about the thread making all the difference in the quilting experience. Aurifil works so nicely - helps me get more stitching done!

MissPat said...

I love Aurifil thread for piecing and have used it for some FMQ, although I still use 40wt thread for FMQ. I learned FMQ from Carol Taylor and her philosophy was "if you're going to spend the time to FMQ, your designs should show up". Lovely table runner. I have a 30 year old Bernina and I don't think there is a ruler foot for the older machines, so I don't think ruler work is in my future.
I see from some of the comments that other people are just finding you again. Isn't it nice to know you were missed.
Pat

tac73 said...

Love this table runner. I really do need to get brave and start practicing fmq. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

Quilting Babcia said...

Your ruler work is looking great! That is something I have yet to try, though it does look intriguing. Aurifil remains my go-to thread for practically every sewing task (with the possible exception of repairing the puppy's stuffed toys, then the old standby Coats buttonhole thread is an essential!

Jayne said...

I am just starting to venture into ruler work and I agree Aurifil is the best thread

SherryB said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for being a part of this fun hop...it's nice to visit places I've never been to before.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Hello Darlene!!! I am following , now that I know who you are....love your project!

Lisa Marie said...

I think "Put a Little Love in your Quilt" is a wonderful theme for Valentine's day, but also for everyday when we are making quilts. Isn't that what we do each and every time? Making quilts is about loving the process, loving the end result, and loving those that we make quilts for. Otherwise, how could we explain why we would cut perfectly good fabric into little pieces just to sew them back together again?

Sewgirl said...

Your "practice piece" is lovely. And your ruler work is great. I too am learning how to use rulers and really like it combined with free motion. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway too!!

JANET said...

I love Aurifil too. Your story of the class taken using "other" thread, then the pic of the heart quilt made me think of a machine stitching on fabric, using Aurifil (of course), with each stitch turning into a heart. I could go on, and turn this into a commercial, but you get the idea.

ShirleyC said...

Your project is just as cute as can be!

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Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Such a cute table runner. Learning FMQ is fun. I agree I enjoy working with the Aurifil the best for piecing, and FMQ. I also recently was told about the Aurifil Lana wool, and have been using it for handwork on wool.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Aurifil Thread? For FREE?! Sign me up, please!!

Susan-Sharon Passmore said...

So beautiful! Looks like you've had fun with the FMQ too. Happy Valentine's Day!

Kathy E. said...

I love FMQ with Aurifil thread too! It makes the job so much smoother and less stressful. For me, there is still some stress, but it's not thread related! I'm joining the blog hop too and my project will be up tomorrow! I've always loved hearts, to this is the perfect place to hang out with this blog hop!

Kathy H said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Very encouraging to hear of how you improved your skills.



Lee said...

Such nice FMQ and a lovely quilt!

Createology said...

I am happy to follow your new blog as I am always grateful to learn new things. Your table runner is lovely. I love Aurifil Thread and use it to sew Dresses For Girls Around the World charity. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...xo

Sandi1100 said...

You did an awesome job on your ruler work! I have been trying to free motion quilt on my domestic machine and am not very good at it. I also bought rulers for it and took a class but I find the rulers awkward. In fact, I tried using them yesterday but ended up using it as a template for marking my quilt and free motion quilting it without the ruler. Thanks for a chance to win.

teachpany said...

I love your runner, and seeing what you actually make. That's more fun than anything! I love your other blog, too, but this shows more about your talents. I also love Aurifil, and also notice the difference in lint when using others. Great post. Thanks.

Farm Quilter said...

Your quilting on your table runner is wonderful!! Are you using a DSM or longarm? I also love Lisa Calle's rulers and have a number of them I was able to purchase when I took a class from her!! I didn't notice any weird pebbles...no one but you will ever notice and if they do, just say you were going for the organic look!! Thank you for the opportunity to win Aurifil thread...I love it too!!

thatfabricfeeling.com said...

It's so true that different threads can really leave more dust elephants than others!! I love aurifil thread too and how terrific that you are an ambassador for them. Your heart project is stunning! Your quilting is spectacular and those red hearts just pop off the fabric!!! I am humbled to be part of a blog hop with such quilting experts as you!!

GranChris said...

I love the runner. Maybe next year I will try this. I don't own the rulers. Will give it a thought.

Lace Faerie said...

Gorgeous quilting! I love the quilting details in the negative space between those lucious red hearts! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Cynthia Woodham said...

I love your ruler work quilting. I must admit since I started the ruler work quilting my free motion quilting has improved greatly. Marking the top is something I need to do more of, rather than be in a hurry to start quilting.

aesp said...

I love Aurifil thread too a

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful work! I love freemotion quilting but have never tried ruler work....after seeing yours....I want to try! Thanks so much for the great giveaway, Aurifil thread is the best!

barbara woods said...

love that thread , and i follow

Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying this blog hop - so may beautiful projects to see! And I also love Auriful thread. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

thepiececorps said...

love the quilting!

Kwilt Krazy said...

Awesome job on the FMQ! I love Aurifil too Alex Veronelli is coming to give a lecture at our shop. Yay!

Just Quilt It said...

Lovely work! I do like using audibility thread also!

nicolesender said...

I love your table runner! It is outstanding!
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Kay said...

Your FMQ is amazing, i have to admit that tit is something I have tried and that needs a lot of practise for me. it is lovely to meet you on the blog hop. Thank you for a great giveaway too.x

beaquilter said...

Cute topper and great fmq!

Mary C said...

I am with you on the learning curve of free motion quilting with rulers; love your design! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

Jennifer Gail said...

Cute stuff. thanks

Lynette said...

Right there with you in developing ruler skills right now. I can see the diamond pro is one I'll want to add. And hey, you can't tell the pebbles are different sizes - looks fantastic from here!

MoeWest said...

I like your ruler work! I'm not ready for that yet as I'm still working on my freemotion quilting.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I like that ruler work. I can't leave my Janome set up all the time (lack of space) so I haven't practiced my ruler work from the class I took. I love fun colored threads.

Jollygirl said...

I have wanted to try ruler work. You have inspired me!

Theresa said...

Cute tablerunner!

Pamela said...

Love your quilt, the quilting is wonderful! Aurifil thread really is the best, I love it!

davedarlene said...

Love your heart UFO & the motion of the hearts on the quilt! The quilting of the quilt is awesome, you should be very proud of this creation!

Raewyn said...

Lovely heart runner and a good size to practise some ruler work (I've enjoyed doing that lately on some runners too). I'm with you re the Aurifil as well, it's rapidly becoming my firm favourite thread to quilt with. (yes, I know I'm too late for the giveaway, just wanted to say hi!)